Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia Madness: A Bipolar Life – Kindle edition by Marya Hornbacher. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The problem here may be that Hornbacher doesn’t remember much of her own life, which would make writing a memoir difficult. Hornbacher, who detailed her struggle with bulimia and anorexia in Wasted, now shares the story of her lifelong battle with mental illness.

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Hornbacher also has a beautiful grasp on the vernacular. An eye-opening account on mental illness, “Madness” humanizes those suffering from bipolar disorder and other psychological disturbances with Hornbacher’s honesty, sympathy and self-effacing prose.

Madness: A Bipolar Life

There is a similar dynamic here in Madnessusing bipolar disorder. No one knows about the hormbacher, the pills, the water bottle filled with vodka that I keep in my bag.

There is only so much damage control you can do to madneds your mind and body in check. I slouch in my seat in the back of the room, my arms folded, hiding behind my hair. Officially diagnosed with ultra-rapid-cycle Type I bipolar disorder the most difficult to treat in at the age of 23, Marya struggled for years with her inexplicable mood swings.

Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher

You end up feeling just as frustrated as she was in trying to get help for her problems. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to understand considering it doesn’t make sense to someone who does not One of the most touching memoirs I have ever read.

It’s difficult, beautiful, painful, full of laughter, passing strange. Mar 03, Debra Lynch rated it it was amazing. You can learn more about Dr. She also describes how simple things can seem so overwhelming, which is actually spot-on.


Where do they pull the strength from? I examine, enchanted, my feet in their blue hospital booties, while someone speaks in soft tones to me and says I am psychotic, but it’s going to be all right.

I don’t remember finishing my novel, and I barely remember going on tour. I could tell you all the symptoms and maybe some of the treatment, but this book really made me see and understand what hornbzcher must be like to have this disorder.

That was though mainly because she had some other issues that she madnes working on and it was interfering with her bipolar. At the age of 24, Marya Hornbacher was diagnosed with Type I bipolar disorder.

I’m fairly familiar with Marya Hornbacher – only a week before picking up this book, I read her first memoir entitled “Wasted”, an autobiographical account of her year struggle with anorexia and bulimia. Open Preview See a Problem? She explains that I need to stop drinking or I will never get better. Marya offers a very honest, un sugarcoated look at her life with Bipolar Disorder. But, what this book does do is open a window into an often misunderstood disease and ignite a dialogue that will hopefully lead to answers and more efficient diagnoses.

It and I blurred at the edges, became one amorphous, seeping, crawling thing. Preview — Madness by Marya Hornbacher. Find help or get online counseling now.

Madness by Marya Hornbacher

I race through the pages, barely aware of the world, trying to forget the crazies, the razor, the cut. I starve and starve, and then it happens – the black hole in my chest yawns open, and suddenly I’m in the kitchen, stuffing food into my mouth, anything I can find, anything that will fill me up.

This time with a look at her struggle with bipolar disorder also known as manic depression in her new book, Madness: It’s about accepting the cards she’s dealt in life and how she continues to live with it.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. By the author of the groundbreaking memoir Wasted about her struggle with eating disorders written nearly a decade ago, Marya Hornbacher is back.

But it was momentary. But we also get the sense that she doesn’t really know why she is ill and has little insight into the illness beyond the fact that she has to manage it regularly and take her meds. They do it after one of my outbursts, when I’ve been running around like a maniac, or while I get lost in my words, my mouth running off ahead of me, spilling the wild, lit-up stories that race through my head, or when I burst out in raging fits that end with me sobbing and beating my fists on my head or my desk or my knees.

When she is low, the pace of her writing is dark and thick. It taught me a lot about the ramifications mental illness can have on our lives. What needs to be said about Marya, is that she suffers from one of the most severe cases of Bipolar disorder, type 1 which includes full on mania and psychosis that can last for years untreatedwith rapid cycling. Hornbacher recalls moments from her childhood, such as her terrible insomnia and inability to stop jabbering flying from topic to topic with no coherent train of thought.

The sincerity and forcefulness of the message is enough to throw anyone within a mile radius off kilter.